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CAMHS Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Job Description

The mission of our Trust is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities. All our staff, whatever their role, have a part to play in helping us deliver this important mission. Every day, our staff are guided by our values:

  • Honest, open and transparent
  • Respectful
  • Person first and in the centre
  • Improve and be outstanding
  • Relevant today, ready for tomorrow
  • Families and carers matter

Our values are very important to us; we know that the attitude and behaviours of our staff can have a huge impact on quality of care we provide. That’s why, through our recruitment, we want to find people who show that their values match ours. We do this through:

  • A selection process that tests attitudes and behaviours as well as knowledge and skills
  • A 12 month values based induction. Continued employment with the Trust is subject to the successful completion of this induction.

If you think you can help us achieve our mission and you relate to our values, we look forward to your application. Please note, that priority will be given to any candidates ‘at risk’.

Barnsley CAMHS is looking to recruit an enthusiastic and skilled Senior Mental Practitioner (Therapist for Eating Disorder), (Nurse, Clinical Psychologist, Social Worker, Therapist) for the new Eating Disorder pathway within the service.

The service is delivered on a Hub and Spoke Model as defined in the Access and Waiting Time Standard for Children with an Eating Disorder . It builds on existing eating disorder pathways and multi-disciplinary team arrangements within the three local teams/areas (Barnsley, Calderdale/Kirklees and Wakefield). The ‘hub’ will perform an important professional leadership and learning network role across the full service thus ensuring robust and consistent approaches to staff development and quality assurance. However, the initial focus is on strengthening the local resource bases and pathways, investing in increasing the capacity and skills set of the current multi-disciplinary teams.

To ensure that we achieve our goals for improvement in service quality and delivery we are looking to recruit candidates of a high calibre that share our passion for delivering excellent service user care and who can respond to the challenge of care delivery within the NHS.

We strive to provide excellent quality evidence based mental health care and are therefore committed to on-going quality and service improvements. The service is a member of the CYP IAPT programme allowing us to access evidence based training programmes for team members. As part of CYP IAPT we are committed to the meaningful participation of children, young people and their families in the design and development of our service.

Candidates should have a professional background in nursing, clinical psychology, social work or another professional discipline and be educated to post graduate diploma level and associated experience of working with children, young people and their families with mental health problems. The successful candidate will have significant experience of working in CAMHS services with a proven ability to provide mental health assessment, formulation and interventions for children, young people and their families who have been referred to CAMHS. A post qualifying qualification in CBT or Family Therapy is essential and previous experience of working with Eating Disorder is desirable.

We would strongly encourage interested candidates to call us for information.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Claire Strachan, General Manager on  ( Phone number removed ) 


Sam Hawksworth, Team Manager on  ( Phone number removed ) 

If you are the successful applicant for this post and where the post requires a DBS check, you MUST be able to provide one of the following documents.

  • Current valid Passport.
  • Biometric Residence Permit (UK).
  • Current Driving Licence (UK) (Full or provisional) Isle of Man /Channel Islands.
  • Birth Certificate (UK and Channel Islands) - issued at the time of birth; Full or short form acceptable including those issued by UK authorities overseas, such as Embassies, High Commissions and HM Forces. (Photocopies are not acceptable).

We recognise there is a wealth of talent among people who have a disability including those who have had experience of mental health problems and as an equal opportunities employer we are seeking to recruit from all sections of the community. If you require any support with your application please contact  ( Phone number removed ) .
Please note if you are shortlisted for interview, we will be contacting you through your NHS jobs account to invite you to interview so it is important for you to check this regularly.

The Trusts preferred method of obtaining references from referees is through the NHS Jobs system, therefore please ensure you supply e-mail addresses for your referees wherever possible to avoid delays in obtaining your references.

The Trust reserves the right to close any vacancy on or before the closing date (as necessary). Please ensure you apply for this job as soon as you can, if interested.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a Work Permit)

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

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